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Car Accident Lawyer West St. Louis County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in West St. Louis County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because another person was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law West St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that self-centered and negligent drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in West St. Louis County, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, we know you are furious — that is warranted. You are also likely anxious about the economic implications of medical expenses and lost pay, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law offers you a bridge to reparation; our West St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are fully compensated for the destruction somebody else's careless behavior caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin the process of being made whole again. We accept no fees until you collect the compensation you deserve.

In more than three decades of practice, our car accident lawyer team has delivered more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another driver broke the rules of the road, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in West St. Louis County and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were not as many people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly auto wrecks, with 58 percent of those deaths transpiring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 car wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 deadly car collisions.

If you were one of the many in West St. Louis County or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of another driver's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in West St. Louis County, MO Can Help

With some common fender-benders, you might be able to be fully reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are hurt in an accident, you often need a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law West St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and obtain evidence, for instance:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of West St. Louis County, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in West St. Louis County, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in West St. Louis County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation are free, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Call a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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West St. Louis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our West St. Louis County, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are some of the most frequent questions we get in relation to car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

That hinges on the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in West St. Louis County, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen every kind of wreck imaginable, and we know how to demonstrate liability and win every sort of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove an Auto Accident Claim?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer will have to show the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So whoever in control of a vehicle necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also known as "causation," you need to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately decides negligence and refers to the root source of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some type of loss, for instance property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially at fault for your crash, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of blame you share. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final compensation would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the gravity of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, for instance:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical bills, like further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your medical treatment
    • Damage to your car
  • Noneconomic damages, which the state of Missouri defines as:
    • Pain and suffering
    • Mental anguish
    • Inconvenience
    • Physical impairment
    • Disfigurement
    • Loss of capacity to enjoy life
    • Loss of consortium

In rare cases in West St. Louis County, MO, such as drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a figure on intangible consequences of a collision such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually determined using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is usually equivalent to your daily wage, the concept being that a day of pain or mental distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for injuries causing disability as there is no way to know how many days your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your total recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in West St. Louis County, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury knows every way that your injuries have impacted you and compensate you for all of it.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in West St. Louis County, MO?

Generally, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to make your personal injury claim in West St. Louis County or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might seem like a long time, but it is imperative to get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer may inadvertently do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in West St. Louis County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you are obligated to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to determine liability in crashes and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally truthful with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of tricks to pay you as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is much better in the long term to wait for the full compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their career to pursuing justice for the injured in West St. Louis County, MO. When someone does not want to admit fault or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the maximum compensation you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | West St. Louis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people killed in car accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are various actions you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the West St. Louis County, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest sustained serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for West St. Louis County, MO drivers. Simple suggestions like driving slower and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While West St. Louis County, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put away your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the consequences of an auto collision. Pull over to the side of the road if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and turn the radio off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter of traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings is probably OK, but you should mostly be driving with both hands.
  • Call a taxi or ridesharing service if you have been drinking. Not only does alcohol significantly impede your ability to operate a car safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but unfortunately the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are owed complete compensation for all of your damages. Every West St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to achieve great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer West St. Louis County, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our West St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in West St. Louis County, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in West St. Louis County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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